Rock for People 2010 Wrap-Up looks back at this year's music fest

Craig Monts

Written by Craig Monts Published on 15.07.2010 10:24:23 (updated on 15.07.2010) Reading time: 2 minutes

Rock For People draws to a close

So I’m back from the epic four day Rock For People festival. I’m feeling jaded but happy with plenty of memories and stories to tell. Four days of sleeping in a tent has taken its toll on my beaten body, but it was well worth it! Crossover thrash fathers, Suicidal Tendencies blessed the Česká Spořitelna stage in the early evening on Monday, playing their unique brand of skate-rock and pausing briefly to give the crowd short lectures on skating and living your life to the limit: a nice touch! Drummer Eric Moore took things to a completely different level with a lengthy solo, much to the enjoyment of the growing mosh pit! Later that night I caught the exhilarating performance from the English band, Muse. Their laser show was a real highlight of the festival. The band played for over an hour to a very appreciative 30,000 strong audience. Performing a selection of songs from their five successful studio albums, the science fiction fanatics gave a sterling performance with lights and lasers shining in time with the Brit rocker’s rhythms.

The last day at the festival was possibly the best in my opinion. Some big names performed throughout the day for the hardcore RFP festival goers. I spent most the day floating around the festival site and the adjacent beach area, soaking up the sunshine and good vibes. Czech band Night took to the Rock & Pop Stage mid-afternoon. I had heard good things about these guys, so I was keen to give them a look. The band played well, with their down-tempo style fitting the Tuesday feeling. The post-punk inspired group were good. Their laid-back songs made for a pleasant change. I’d say that everyone in attendance agreed, judging by the crowds smiling faces and tapping feet.

The day’s other highlights came in the form of San Francisco’s NOFX. The jovial ska-punkers played and joked with ease; teasing each other and the crowd throughout their set. Great musicians with sharp wit makes for a very enjoyable performance! Further highlights came in the form of Does it Offend You, Yeah? The Subways & The Editors, all giving 100% and representing the best of the British rock scene. Last but not least, Morcheeba brought a very mellow end to a crazy four days. The band, led by lead singer Skye Edwards, gave a smoothly running, tight performance which effortlessly fused trip hop, rock and r&b.

That’s where the rock fest ended for me. Leaving me just enough time to pack away my trusty tent and head back to the bright lights of Prague. All in all it was an amazing few days filled with great music and activities. I witnessed so many truly talented musicians from all over the world resulting in a great atmosphere at the festival. The security staff were professional and very helpful. The site itself was clean with plenty of facilities and water points. Another successful year for the Rock For People Fest. Roll on 2011!


Interview with Morcheeba’s Skye Edwards by WhiteLight‘s Paul Pacey:


Photography by WhiteLight‘s Paul Pacey & Martina Hušková – click each image to be taken to the galleries:


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